Establishing Goals

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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. Henry David Thoreau

Once you’ve identified your motivation – what it is you want to live, heal, and thrive for – you’ll need to start thinking about the steps it will take to get there. You can think about these steps as your individual goals for healing. Each goal represents both a challenge and an opportunity, and the accomplishment of each individual goal – big or small – is a reason to celebrate. What should your goals be and how do you identify them? Here are some tips:
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Work your way backward

Your goals and your motivation should be aligned. Start with the big picture: your ultimate motivation. What would need to happen to realize that vision? What about your lifestyle or the current management of your health would need to change? You may find it helpful to complete this activity to help you with this process.

Think holistically

Health and wellness aren’t only dependent on your physical state, so that shouldn’t be the only area your goals target. Take a look at the INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RIBBON  on the home page to identify the areas in your life that you’d like to improve. Then, you can start mapping out individual goals to target that area.

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Inform your healthcare providers

It’s important for all your healthcare providers to be aware of the goals you set for yourself, so that they can prescribe or direct you to the best treatments and resources to help you achieve them. Share your goals with your healthcare providers. Better yet, use some of the time with your provider(s) to set your healthcare goals.

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Move forward

Once you’ve given some thought to what your goals are, you’ll need to start taking steps to achieve them. The healthcare options section of this site will provide you with additional information about all aspects of healthcare, including evidence, tips, and treatment options for you to explore. Then, you can take action by outlining an integrative health care plan that includes all of your goals and start action planning to achieve them.